April 20th, 2006

depression

Care for a little conflict of interest with that antidepressant?

From an article in today's SF Chronicle:
Every psychiatric expert involved in writing the standard diagnostic criteria for disorders such as depression and schizophrenia has had financial ties to drug companies that sell medications for those illnesses, a new analysis has found.

Of the 170 experts who contributed to the manual that defines disorders ranging from personality problems to drug addiction, more than half had such ties, including 100 percent of the experts who served on work groups on mood disorders such as depression and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. The analysis did not reveal the extent of their relationships with industry ties or whether they preceded or followed their work on the manual.
we have a problem with your brain being

who knew they were so powerful?

There's a moment in the movie Resident Evil: Apocalypse in which Mike Epps' character "L.J." is driving along in the thoroughly zombified Raccoon City. Two topless stripper zombies appear, and L.J. promptly proceeds to drive into the back of a parked vehicle (wrecking his own vehicle in the process and thereby leaving him on foot in a city infested with hungry zombies). I've always been a bit bemused by that scene; is it really that close a link, visible breasts = instant stupidity? Pirate always says "yes", but I thought perhaps he wasn't giving his fellow males enough credit.

Hey, spiritualmonkey — research now shows that boobies make (het) guys dumb. Just like you've always said, only now you have data to back it up.

Heh.